The Jets are going to have to go back to the drawing boards after a frustrating 17-6 lost to the Bengals. Both sides of the ball played below xpectations, and at times look confused and out of shape.
Lets start by analyzing the first-team offense. Mark Sanchez completed four out of his six throws for 49 yards, but also got sacked twice. Mark Sanchez looked pretty accurate by not overthrowing his receivers and better decisions with the football by taking the sacks instead of forcing the ball into tight spots. Shonne Greene was ineffective having five carries and only gaining 11 yards. The offensive line are at partally at fault here, but not having veteran wide reciever Santonio Holmes and second-year wide reciever Jeremy Kerley limited Sanchez to wide recievers Stephen Hill and Patrick Turner. Having inexperienced wide recievers made it easier for the Bengal defense to focus on the ground and pound that Rex Ryan promised.
As for the 1st-team defense, they allowed Andy Dalton to only complete 4 out 9 passes for 54 yards, but this was mainly due to players like Bart Scott looking sluggish. Revis had his work cut out with A.J Green, but still managed to shut him down. The defensive line is looking better than last year as they stuffed Green-Ellis yielding only 22 yards on seven carries.
But the star of the defense was Quinton Coples as he had five tackles, one sack, one force fumble, and one pass deflection. Although Coples did seem to look tired at times ten sacks are not out of the question for him.
But I can't finish this article without mentioning TEBOW-TIME! Tim Tebow actually impressed as a runner earning 34 yards and throwing for 27 yards and a pick. The pick was bad judgement on Tebow's part, since it was quite obvious that Burfict was right in front of the wide reciver. However, Tebow took most of his snaps from under center which is unlikely to occur during regular season.
Overall, the Jets opening game should not make fans worry. But if the Jets continue to look this underwhelming offensively in the preseason, prepare out for another underwhelming season.